Snorkeling and jungle trekking
Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
54Trip End Aug 19, 2008
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Last night at the bar we were talking to loads of people and then we all got our picture taken to be in the brochure, so you might see us soon when you google " The beach house , Fiji" but maybe not.
Yesterday (Wednesday) we went on a jungle trek. It was only F$8 so about 2.40 pounds. It was about 3 hours long, maybe a bit more and the guy that took us knew so much stuff. He showed us this " sensitive grass" that closes when you touch it. He told us how you know when bamboo is strong enough to build with. He told us how to catch fish by drugging them and what different plants did or how different plants looked. He showed us remedies and smells and it was all very interesting. Our destination was the waterfall, which was refreshing and exciting. We climbed up it and he took pictures, which I shall put up at a later date. I was slightly concerned when I saw him ascending the water fall with my camera (that he had taken out of my bag) but this guy had balance like no other. Walking on a waterfall barefoot was as easy for him as us walking up a hill. Never put a foot wrong. Did the whole trek barefoot as well, which is pretty impressive. I impressed him, he said I was quick, because I was racing ahead in the jungle, almost getting lost. I had come pretty far away from everyone else and I had to cross this river, but there was a guy with a machete on the other side, I was tempted to run but he was very friendly and just chopping some bamboo. I impressed Ben (the guy who took us snorkeling) with my strong swimming skills.
There are some major human rights abuses here though
"This plant is what the women use to weave. If you go to a village you will see the carpets made of these leaves. It is the womens job to weave and if they want to stop, they must ask their husband or the man in charge. If she does not obey.... this is a very big problem."
The group went very quiet and I almost laughed. Then he added " Don't blame me, I'm telling you the real Fijian culture". So there you go, people in Fiji are friendly and happy, and apparently very oppressed.
Fiji is a lovely place and the people seem so nice, but I'm very glad that I wasn't born here, or am staying here for a long time. Anyway, its time to go now, on that lovely note. I shall add pictures soon.
Loads of love, Bernie and Oonagh